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Author Talk: Paula Young Shelton

What was like to be part of the civil rights movement as a child during the 1960s? 

Cover of the January 16, 1969 Washington Free Press, an illustration of a protest at the U.S. Capitol

Historic Washington Free Press 1967-1969 online

Digitized counterculture newspaper now available in Dig DC

DC Public Library Special Collections recently published The Washington Free Press Collection in Dig DC, the library's portal to digital local history archives. The collection contains issues of the underground newspaper the Washington Free Press published from 1967 to 1969.

Black Films Matter

Black Films Matter

Six Provocative, Rarely-Seen Films

Youth continue to be at the heart of every social movement. What are today's teens thinking about current and past African American social movements?  From 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. every Thursday from January 18 to February 22, 2018, teens at the Parklands-Turner Library will watch and discuss films that show little-known occurrences of the past that are relevant to what they see happening in society today. 

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Be the Message Maker

DIY Button and Book Marker Making

Want to wear your message to the world on your shoulder?  Don't wait until February to make your mark.  Come to a special post-Kwanzaa/Get-Ready-for-Black-History-Month DIY craft for teens at the Parklands-Turner Library. Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m., teens will immortalize powerful, meaningful images and words as they design their own buttons and book markers to wear during Black History Month and beyond.  

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

Book to Screen

In late 1843, Charles Dickens was desperate. Sales of his published works were dwindling and his creditors were demanding payment. He had to do something--fast!  What happened after a public speaking event would revive Dickens's career and a holiday season.

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #21: Read a book published by a micropress

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook.

Everyday Use

Stitching "Scraps of Memories"

African American Textile Art as Historical Aesthetics

 As Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use demonstrates, African American quilts are repositories of history and culture that anyone can appreciate as art, but

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Books to Help Complete Your Knowledge of DC History

Washington, D.C. is full of people who are new to town, who will only live here for a few years or who are just tourists. Whether you’ve lived here for your whole life, or you’re just getting settled in, this city has a wild history that you may not know. This list of books will introduce you to our city’s rich history.

All the Way

All the Way

7 p.m., Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

You are cordially invited to this special screening of the HBO film All the Way, based on the play by Robert Schenkkan. 

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Japanese-American Internment

In the weeks and months after Pearl Harbor was bombed, more than one hundred thousand Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast were relocated and incarcerated in internment camps for the duration of the Second World War. A number of fiction books address this little-known and regrettable chapter in American history.

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